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Birthdate

October 21, 1925

Cruz won "La Hora del Te" singing contest to jump start career

1940

First recordings were made

1948

Cruz became the lead vocalist for La Sonora Matancera

1950

Cruz and band left Cuba to preform and live in Mexico

July 15, 1960

Cruz became the first Hispanic Woman to preform at Carnegie Hall

June 18, 1962

Cruz married Knight (also in the band)

July 14, 1962

gave a debut stage performance at the Apollo Theater as a solo artist

1964

Joined Puente's Orchestra

1966

Won multiple awards, including Grammies and a star on the Walk of Fame

1970 - 1989

Underwent many surgeries for breast and brain cancer

August 2002 - December 2002

Cruz died in her house in Fort Lee, New Jersey

July 16, 2003